- Early 20th Century Hymnbooks
Dolores Bacon (editor). Hymns that every child should know: a selection of the best hymns of all nations for young people. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1907.
Hymns that every child should
know is from
Dolores Bacon’s popular ‘Every child should know’ series issued by Grosset
& Dunlap, and features a diverse range of international hymns which meet
the editor’s exacting standards for reverence and sublimity of expression.
Lincoln Hall & Elsie Duncan Yale (editors). Songs for little singers: a collection of easy pieces for beginners and primary departments of the Sunday school and for use at home. Philadelphia: Hall-Mack, 1909.
American hymnbook Songs for little
singers comprises easy tunes in the compass of children’s voices with words
within their comprehension. The emphasis is on easily learned, sprightly tunes,
including two-part songs, motion songs, and the odd temperance hymn.
Carey Bonner (editor). Child songs: for the primary and junior departments of the Sunday school and day school and for home singing. Volume II. London: Pilgrim Press, 1914.
Child songs was a popular and
widely-reprinted two-volume collection edited and in part composed by English
Baptist minister Carey Bonner. The Secretary of the National Sunday School
Union, Bonner was conscious that “sentiments, figures of speech and language”
needed to be “within the range of little people’s experience.” Thus, his first
volume targeted the infant and junior classes, whilst the second (depicted
here) sought to meet the needs of children up to twelve years of age.
Children's Special Service Mission. Golden bells, or, Hymns for our children. 27th edition. London: CSSM, [1913?]
published in 1890, the hymnal Golden
bells was compiled by the Children’s Special Service Mission, the former
name of the interdenominational evangelical Christian movement known today as
Scripture Union. Largely compiled by Josiah Spiers, one of the Mission’s
founders, it underwent numerous reprints and revisions, selling millions of
copies before being replaced by Scripture Union’s Hymns of faith in 1964.